Eclipse has a keyboard shortcut which deletes either the current line (if nothing is selected) or all lines which are part of the currently selected text: Ctrl+D.

Is there a way to make Ctrl+D do the same thing in Notepad++?

The best I could do is remap the shortcut to Scintilla's SCI_LINE_DELETE, but that only deletes one line at a time, even if the selection spans multiple lines.

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Ctrl + Shift + L will achieve the same effect.

Ctrl + L will delete the line but will also keep it in your clipboard replacing clipboard contents.

I'm not sure if you can map Ctrl+D to do the same thing or not. I've not really messed with the keyboard mappings with Notepad++ since they are very similar to those of Visual Studio

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    Brilliant! Now I just have to find what Ctrl+L is mapped to ... edit aha, it's mapped to SCI_LINECUT. That was literally the next Scintilla command below SCI_LINE_DELETE.
    – Matt Ball
    Mar 16, 2011 at 17:17
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    Please note that Ctrl+L will cut the line (copy it into your clipboard). To actually delete the line is Ctrl+Shift+L, this will delete the selected lines without overwriting your clipboard.
    – Rosdi
    Jan 11, 2013 at 0:42
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    @RØŠÐÎ SCI_LINEDELETE is what Ctrl+Shift+L was mapped to. I tried that but it only deleted (without copying to clipboard) the first of the selected lines, similar to OP. Am I missing something? Apr 21, 2016 at 15:13
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    Why isn't this in the menu Edit > Line Operations
    – aliopi
    Nov 24, 2017 at 7:03

I had to map Ctrl+D to both SCI_LINEDELETE and SCI_LINECUT in order to make it behave like Eclipse. Hope this is helpful.

You also need to disable or rebind SCI_SELECTIONDUPLICATE so there's no conflict on Ctrl+D.
To disable a shortcut, highlight it, click Modify set the DropDownList to None, click Apply first and then Okay.

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    How come both were required? Jun 19, 2015 at 21:02
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    When I map the same shortcut to both of those all that happens is it switches from deleting only the first line of the selected lines to deleting only the line the cursor was on. (I used Ctrl+Shift+D, so I didn't have to worry about the selection duplicate binding.) Apr 21, 2016 at 15:17

Macro is a good choice here. Though the macro I came up with lags a bit (you can see may be quarter of a second lag between CTRL-D hit and lines getting deleted on a large selections) it works grand both on a single line and multiple lines selection and covers various tricky cases.

So, my macro is:

CTRL + J - if multiple lines are selected they are joined into a single line
HOME - the usual HOME button. Brings cursor to the start of a line (or start of a joined line)
SHIFT + END - selects the line till the end starting from the cursor position
CTRL + SHIFT + L - deletes the whole line

This set of actions covers all possible scenarios of line deletion I have encountered so far during heavy use of notepad++.

  • I know I'm a few years late, but wouldn't this macro work just as well with just DELETE instead of CTRL+SHIFT+L as the last command? If I understand you correctly, you have already marked all the text you want to delete with the first three commands. Apr 8, 2016 at 19:11

There is a shortcut in Notepad++ to delete a line: Ctrl+Shift+L ..but this will only delete a single line.

Even if several lines are selected, it will only delete the line where the cursor is resting and not the highlighted lines.

So, the simplest way to delete a series of selected lines, you have to Record a Macro with these key shortcut combinations:


followed by


This will first JOIN the selected lines and then DELETE the whole line.

This is better than using a combination of CUT and DELETE approach as mentioned above (which i've tried) because on some instances, it will also delete non-selected lines.


As a non-macro alternative to @Jan Domozilov's answer, I followed these steps (using Notepad++ v6.5.1 (UNICODE)):

  1. In the Settings menu, select Shortcut Mapper.
  2. In the Main menu tab, set Join Lines (line 26) to Ctrl+Alt+D.
  3. Click the Scintilla commands tab.
  4. Set SCI_LINEDELETE (line 90) to Ctrl+D.
  5. Close the window.

This allows you to perform the desired behavior with a small modification. You select your text, run the Join Lines command with Ctrl+Alt+D, release only the Alt key, and press D again to delete the text.


One other simpler way is to use the backspace button after selection, this will replace selected line with backspace.

  • but then you need to select first then delete, which takes much more operations than a simple Ctrl+Shift+L
    – phuclv
    Jan 8, 2020 at 14:19

What you can do to make Notepad++ behave more like Eclipse is to:

  1. Map SCI_SELECTIONDUPLICATE to Ctrl+Alt+Down (or Ctrl+Alt+Up)

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  1. Map SCI_LINEDELETE to Ctrl+Alt+Down (or Ctrl+Alt+Up):

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There is BTW a file called shortcuts.xml in the root of the installation folder where these changes can be found. I wouldn't rely on copying this file around however, since I've had problems with that approach installing the same shortcuts on more than one computer.


You can use CTRL+DELETE to delete the entire content of a line. Then all you do is use DELETE again to remove the line feed. If that is not enough for you, you can create a macro to do both actions.

As it seems to have stopped working in the latest version, I recommend you to use the Macro approach for the entire problem. Go to Macro, "Start Recording", then press "Home", "Shift"+"END", "DELETE", "DELETE", then go to Macro and stop your Macro. After that, go to Save Current Recorded Macro" and chose a name and shortcut, (e.g. CTRL+DEL). This reenables the shortcut for delete line.

  • Ctrl+Delete does not delete lines in Notepad++ for me (I have not remapped any keys other than Ctrl+D).
    – Matt Ball
    Mar 16, 2011 at 14:47
  • Which version of Notepad++ are you using? It's working on Notepad++ 5.8.2 under Win7 Mar 16, 2011 at 14:47
  • 5.8.7 (the latest version) on Win7 x64. Did you mean Ctrl+Backspace? (also doesn't work for me)
    – Matt Ball
    Mar 16, 2011 at 14:50
  • Ah, I just tested it with 5.8.7, and it didn't work either, let me see Mar 16, 2011 at 14:50
  • I updated my Answer Mar 16, 2011 at 14:54

CTRL+SHIFT+DELDETE works for me great to delete whole single line.

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    The OP wants to delete all lines which are part of the currently selected text. Your shortcut does only delete the first line of a selection.
    – nixda
    Jan 13, 2013 at 15:08

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